Delhi, India (September 2013 & August 2016)

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I went trekking in northwestern India during the summers of 2013 and 2016. After each of these treks, I spent a couple of days in Delhi. August and September are not the best times to visit Delhi, as it is then quite hot and humid. However, transportation between the Indian Himalaya and Delhi is not fully reliable during the monsoon season. These two extra days provide a flexible buffer before flying back home. In this page I include some photos I took in Delhi during these short visits.

 

[Click on the following links to see photos of other parts of India:

1. Sailing from Phuket to the Andaman Islands (2008).

2. Trekking across Ladakh and Zanskar (2013).

3. Trekking across Ladakh and Spiti (2016).]

 

Lodi Gardens, New Delhi:

Tomb of Muhammad Shah Sayyid, the last of the Sayyid dynasty rulers, built in 1444.

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Bara Gumbad (″big dome″) on the left and the three-dome mosque attached to it on the right, believed to have been constructed around 1490.

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Facade of the three-dome mosque of Bara Gumbad.

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Inside the mosque.

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Facing Bara Gumbad is Shisha Gumbad, a tomb of the Lodi dynasty believed to have been constructed between 1489 and 1517.

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Tomb of Sikander Lodi, built in 1517-1518 by his son.

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Qutur Minar Complex, New Delhi:

The main building in the complex is the 72-meter Qutur Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world. Its initial construction started in 1200.

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Pillared alley and arch in the complex.

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Humayun‛s Tomb Complex, New Delhi:

The main building in the complex is the tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun, built in 1569-70.

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Tomb of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in the court of Sher Shah Suri, a Pashto who founded the Sur Empire in northern India. The tomb was constructed in 1547, more than 20 years before Humayun‛s tomb.

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Red Fort, Old Delhi.

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Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi:

This gurudwara (place of worship for Sikhs) was established in 1783 to commemorate the martyrdom the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur. It is situated at the site where Guru Tegh Bahadur was beheaded on the orders of the Mughal emperor in 1675 for refusing to convert to Islam. The present structure was built in 1930.

 

Left: Darbar Sahib (prayer hall). Right: Palki (canopy) housing the Guru Granth Sahib (Holy Scripture of Sikhism, regarded by Sikhs as the final, sovereign and eternal living Guru).

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Musicians and singers, near the Palki.

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In the community kitchen of the gurudwara, volunteers help prepare free meals for thousands of people needing them. Left: large cauldron filled with lentil soup on powerful burners. Center left: preparing chapati dough. Center right and right: cooking chapatis.

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Chaumukha Mandir (Hindu temple), Chawri Bazar, Old Delhi:

Three of the deity statues inside the temple, from left to right: Shiva, Ganesh, and pantheon of deities.

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In the street outside the temple. Left: deity representation (?) using flowers. Right: green peppers, lemons and flowers mounted on short threads, supposed to keep away the evil eye and jealousy. Most merchants of Chawri Bazar buy one such thread after their morning prayers in a temple and attach it to the front doors of their shops.

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Spice bazaar, Old Delhi:

Street in the bazaar (left) and bags of yellow turmeric (right).

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Views from a rooftop: delicacies drying on another roof (left) and Jama Masjid seen at a distance (right).

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Street scenes, Old Delhi.

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